Flint Michigan

July 24, 2018

EPA’s Inspector General issues final report on Flint Michigan water crisis – cites management weakness as main culprit . . .

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final report this past week dealing with the circumstances in Flint Michigan that lead to the exposure of residents to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. After Flint switched its drinking water supply in April 2014, inadequate water treatment […]
December 16, 2016

Congress Responds to Flint Water Crisis, Requiring More Accountability

This past week was met with both good and bad news.  Let’s start with the bad news.  A USA Today article reports that 4 million Americans could be drinking toxic water and wouldn’t know.   According to the story, RANGER, Texas — The leaders of this former oil boomtown never gave 2-year-old Adam Walton a chance […]
May 26, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships – Helping to Close the Growing Water Crisis

The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a new report this week titled, Bridging the Gap Together: A New Model to Modernize U.S. Infrastructure, highlighting the needs and opportunities for public-private partnerships to help address the growing water crisis in many communities around the country.  Here is the forward by Susan Story, CEO of American Water, and […]
April 20, 2016

Criminal Charges to be Filed Against State and Local Officials in Flint Water Crisis

According to NBC News As many as three Michigan officials will face criminal charges Wednesday in connection with lead contamination in Flint’s municipal water system, multiple government sources said Tuesday. The sources told NBC News and NBC station WDIV of Detroit that state Attorney General Bill Schuette will announce criminal charges against two employees of […]
March 15, 2016

EPA Chief Blasts Michigan DEQ as Failed Co-Regulator in Flint Water Crisis

This week, EPA Chief, Gina McCarthy, who will testify before the House Oversight committee on Thursday, made a preemptive strike, blasting the state of Michigan as a failed state environment partner in Flint.  The WashPo op-ed titled “Michigan evaded the EPA on Flint. We can’t let that happen elsewhere” goes like this. This week, I […]
March 5, 2016

GOP Debate Shines Light on Water Infrastructure Crisis

The recent Fox News GOP had more lowlights than highlights, but one of the latter was a mention of the water crisis in Flint and the need to do a better job of providing clean water, and reinvesting in and maintaining our nation’s water delivery system.  Bret Baier, one of the moderators, asked the candidates […]
March 3, 2016

Money Alone Will Not Solve Our Nation's Water Problems

Fewell’s Focus: Making the Right Decision Reprinted from Water & Wastes Digest By Brent Fewell Wed, 2016-03-02 09:54 Money alone will not solve our nation’s water problems As is true for many, I have been following closely the tragic public health crisis that has unfolded in Flint, Mich., and devastated so many families. The fallout […]
February 29, 2016

U.S. EPA's New Policy in Response to Flint Michigan – When in Doubt, Elevate Critical Public Health Issues

Many who have followed the crisis and debacle in Flint, Michigan, recognize that part of the failure is being blamed on the U.S. EPA for acting too slowly.  As a former senior EPA water regulator, I am sympathetic to the argument that EPA should as a matter of good policy and governance be deferential to […]
February 19, 2016

NAWC Condemns Food & Water Watch's Use of Flint to Continue its Campaign Against Private Water

In a written statement this week, Michael Deane, Executive Director of National Association of Water Companies, condemns Food & Water Watch, who continues to wage its propaganda war against private water companies. Statement on FWW Report for Detroit News Michael Deane, Executive Director of NAWC Food & Water Watch has clearly demonstrated it is a […]
February 17, 2016

Drinking Water Experts Talk About Flint MI and Our Nation's Water Problems on The Diane Rehm Show

Erik Olson of NRDC, George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water, and Jim Salzman, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at UCSB and UCLA, and author of “Drinking Water: A History,” talk about the problems in Flint and serious problems facing our nation’s water infrastructure more broadly.   Erik, George, and Jim do a […]